Female Fertility Supplements & Tests

Fertility can be a very sensitive and taboo subject for some females. Female fertility involves a woman's capability to conceive and for those who unfortunately struggle to do so, may find it very difficult to talk about.

We want women to know that if you are struggling to conceive, you are not alone. There are plenty of ways and things you can do to help increase your chances and improve the quality of your eggs. Even if you are not thinking about starting a family just yet, it is extremely beneficial to start looking at how you can boost your egg health to optimise your chances for when the time is right.

Our female fertility products from Babystart, range from ovulation testing to fertility supplements and more. We are here to help you on your journey.

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What Is Female Fertility?

Female fertility describes the ability of a woman to become pregnant. The fertility of a woman is complex and relies on many factors to be working together in harmony, including the monthly cycle of hormones, a healthy reserve of eggs, the normal process of ovulation, and the ability of an egg to travel to the uterus for conception to occur. If a woman does not conceive despite frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or longer, then a diagnosis of infertility might be made. 

Female infertility can occur in a number of ways. It might be caused by a low egg reserve, a reduction in egg quality, or a lack of ovulation. Abnormal hormone levels can also make it harder to conceive, as can changes to the normal pattern of the menstrual cycle. A blocked fallopian tube can prevent the egg from travelling to the uterus, and structural problems within the uterus, such as fibroids, can prevent implantation from occurring after conception. Female fertility can also be affected by being underweight or overweight.

Reassuringly, as there are many causes for female infertility there are also many lifestyle and medical interventions that can be tried to increase the chances of conception occurring. 

Female infertility is equally as common as male infertility, and so it is important that factors in both the male and female partner are considered when trying to conceive.

How can a women test her fertility?

If you are having regular periods, then a woman may assume that they are fertile. However, as women get older the reserve of eggs in the ovaries starts to decrease, and changing hormone levels can start to make it harder to conceive. Regardless of your age, if you have been having regular, unprotected intercourse for a few months or more, but have not yet conceived, then you may wish to check your fertility.

It is possible to check your fertility with female fertility tests that you can perform at home. With a simple urine test, female fertility tests detect levels of the female hormone Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH). FSH forms a key part of a woman’s menstrual cycle, and if a very high level is detected by the test, it could indicate a lower reserve of eggs in the ovaries. 

Another home testing system that can help you to assess your fertility are ovulation tests. These simple urine tests detect the window of ovulation, helping you to accurately pinpoint when ovulation is likely to occur, or whether it is occurring at all. 

If fertility or ovulation tests suggest that your fertility may be on the low side, you should make an appointment with your doctor for further fertility screening.

If your home fertility test results are normal but you still do not conceive despite regular sexual intercourse, it is important that you still seek advice from your GP. Your doctor will be able to offer more detailed hormonal testing. 

Your partner may wish to perform at home sperm testing to give a clearer picture of your fertility as a couple, too. 

How can a woman improve her fertility?

Whether a woman's fertility appears to be normal or reduced, there are plenty of simple steps a lady can take to give herself the best chance of conceiving. 

The first method of improving egg quality is to eat a nutritious, balanced diet. Try to get into the habit of eating plenty of lean protein, a wide variety of vegetables, and slow-release carbohydrates. Supplements are also available to make it even easier to ensure you are getting everything you need to support the process of egg development. 

Smoking can have a huge impact on your fertility. Quitting smoking could be one of the best decisions you make to boost your fertility. If your partner smokes, you may like to encourage them to quit smoking, or ask that they do not smoke in the house or around you. Men who stop smoking are likely to see improved sperm production, too.

It is also advisable to reduce your exposure to other toxins including plastic bottles, household cleaning products, air fresheners and dusty environments. 

Maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding alcohol, and exercising regularly can also help to give your fertility a boost.

Female Fertility FAQs

No, it is not safe for pregnant women to smoke marijuana. There are a wide range of research studies that support this view. We summarise the studies and relevant comments in the table below:

Researcher Name(s)Name of the studyComments relating to smoking weed during pregnancy:
NIDA (2019)Is Cannabis (Marijuana) Safe to Use While Pregnant or Breastfeeding?Marijuana usage by pregnant women is associated with a lower birth weight for the baby, a smaller head circumference, a smaller size for gestational age and other birth defects in their infants.
Badowski, S. (2020)Cannabis use during pregnancy and postpartumDuring pregnancy or while breastfeeding, no level of cannabis use is known to be safe.
NIDA (2023)Can marijuana use during and after pregnancy harm the baby?Animal research indicates that when mothers are exposed to moderate levels of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) during pregnancy or lactation, it can result in long-term side effects on their offspring. These side effects may include heightened stress responsiveness and irregular social interaction patterns in the child.
Thompson et al (2019)Marijuana Use in Pregnancy: A ReviewDevelopmental disruption of a foetus has been associated with maternal marijuana usage in many published studies into marijuana exposure during pregnancy.
Roncero et al (2020)Cannabis use during pregnancy and its relationship with foetal developmental outcomes and psychiatric disorders. A systematic reviewA higher risk of restricted foetal growth, hypertelorism, low head circumference, shorter birth length, a low birth weight and epicanthus amongst other risks for a newborn baby have been associated with the maternal use of cannabis, both in the early and late stages of pregnancy.
Vanstone et al (2021)Reasons for cannabis use during pregnancy and lactation: a qualitative studyWhilst clinical evidence highlights that cannabis usage amongst pregnant and lactating people is linked to side effects such as childhood developmental deficits and lower birth weights, use of it is still on the rise.
Grant et al (2018)Cannabis Use during Pregnancy: Pharmacokinetics and Effects on Child DevelopmentPregnant women shouldn’t make the assumption that it is safe to smoke cannabis during pregnancy, until more information is available.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (2017)The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research.Lower birth weight in the offspring is linked to the mother smoking cannabis during pregnancy but the relationship between childhood outcomes and smoking cannabis during pregnancy is unclear.
Vanstone et al (2022)Pregnant People's Perspectives On Cannabis Use During Pregnancy: A Systematic Review and Integrative Mixed‐Methods Research SynthesisAs more places legalise cannabis and its usage increases, it's important to research how and why people use cannabis during pregnancy. This will help pregnant individuals make informed choices that minimise risk to their future children.
Shukla & Doshi (2023)Marijuana and Maternal, Perinatal, and Neonatal OutcomesThere could be a greater risk of spontaneous preterm birth in mothers who smoke cannabis during pregnancy and a higher risk of neonatal intensive care admissions.

Medically Reviewed by:
Dr. Alexis Missick MBChB. MRCGP
GMC reference no: 7151419
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